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CAR: attack in Bangui

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BANGUI – The security situation was very confused in the night between Sunday 8 and Monday 9 April. Around 11:15 pm (local time), gunshot wounds were heard in the whole city. 

Soon there’ve been rumors among the citizens that that was an attempt of coup d’état against the residence of Faustin Archange Touadéra. Actually the headquarter of Egyptian and Jordanian peacekeepers (Campo Fidel) was attacked, which is found near the residence of the Head of the State.The attack lasted 30 minutes. The first hypothesis is that the assailants are the groups ex Seleka that responded to the operation Sukula, launched by Minusca in the PK5 on Sundays with the purpose to remove the groups of self-defence from the district, economic heart of the city. 

During this operation, three people have been killed and more than fifty wounds, among which a dozen of blue helmets. The Pk 5 is the neighborhood where the rebellion Seleka of Abdelaye Hissein started. The spokesman of Minusca, Vladimir Monteiro, was categorical: “the PK 5 will be cleaned up, the operation of Minusca will continue. The objective is to neutralize the gangs, these groups who call themselves vigilanteses but that are only criminals for us, people that live thanks to racket and extortion of money” 

Yountville attack: California hostage-taker was former patient

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The man who killed three women after a stand-off at a veterans’ home in Napa Valley, California was a former patient, authorities say. The three victims were all employees at the centre in Yountville. The residential centre provides mental health services for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The suspected gunman, who died at the scene, has been named as Albert Wong, 36. No motive for the attack has been identified, police say. Wong, reportedly a former US Army rifleman, had left a programme to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The gunman entered the building while employees were having cake as a leaving celebration for some colleagues. After a siege lasting all day police discovered the four bodies in a room at The Pathway Home on Friday evening.

Vehicle ploughs into pedestrians in Shanghai, injuring 18

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Eighteen people, including the driver, were injured today when a minivan caught fire and mounted the pavement in a busy part of central Shanghai and ploughed into pedestrians. Investigations showed the fire was caused by a 40-year-old driver who was smoking a cigarette inside the vehicle while illegally transporting highly flammable substances. Given the dynamics of the incident it was feared it was a terrorist attack.

Table with the Eln will remain suspended after attacks

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The suspension of the dialogue table with the ELN after the attacks of this guerrilla group, has put suspension points to a negotiation marked by the slow advance in the agenda agreed between the national Government and this guerrilla. Confirmed the authorship of the attack against the police station of Barranquilla, which left five agents dead and 14 wounded, President Juan Manuel Santos closed the door to a new cycle of conversation until the ELN shows no coherence between his words of peace and his Actions.

Taiwan president says does not exclude possibility of China attack

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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said that she does not exclude the possibility of China attacking the self-ruled Island, amid heightened tensions between the two sides including an increasing number of Chinese military exercise near Taiwan. China says the exercises are routine, but that it will not tolerate any attempt by the Island to declare independence. China considers democratic Taiwan to be its sacred territory and has never renounced the use of force to bring it under Chinese control. Taiwan has been pressing for the United States, its main source of arms, to provide more advanced equipment, but has also been trying to bolster its own weapons programs.

Attack at Afghan market

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At least five civilians were killed when three mortar shells hit local market in Khwaja Sabz Push district, police said on Tuesday. A local police spokesman  said five people, including women and children, got killed and around 50 other got wounded in the incident.
There has been no claim of responsibility, but the local administration is blaming the Taliban for the attack.
The market hit by the mortars is located only meters away from the district administration compound.
Abdullah Masoumi, the district governor, said the rockets were fired by the Taliban, and the attack may have targeted a provincial delegation, including the governor, building it hit the Bazar.
This comes a day after two similar rockets landed inside the diplomatic enclave in the capital Kabul, but caused no human loss.

Maduro: Dismantled “terrorist” group was financed from Colombia

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The President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, assured that the group of insurgent officials that was dismantled on Monday after a confrontation that left at least two deaths prepared an attack with a “car bomb” and was financed from Colombia. “We learned that they had prepared a car bomb to exploit it before an embassy of a beloved and prestigious country that has its representation here,” said Maduro during the presentation of his Report and Account 2017 to the National Constituent Assembly (ANC).

Taliban fighters attack Afghan army

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Afghan officials say Taliban fighters have stormed a security post, killing nine soldiers in a western province. Spokesman for the governor of Farah province Mohammad Naser Mehri said Wednesday the militants stormed a security post killing nine soldiers and wounding four other soldiers. The attack took place Tuesday night in Pusht Road district. The intense, four-hour gun battle included the use of artillery against the army. Mehri says Afghan war planes were deployed and 17 Taliban fighters were killed.Afghan officials say Taliban fighters have stormed a security post, killing nine soldiers in a western province. Spokesman for the governor of Farah province Mohammad Naser Mehri said Wednesday the militants stormed a security post killing nine soldiers and wounding four other soldiers. The attack took place Tuesday night in Pusht Road district. The intense, four-hour gun battle included the use of artillery against the army. Mehri says Afghan war planes were deployed and 17 Taliban fighters were killed.

 

Israeli Army destroys hamas outpost in Gaza in retaliation for rocket fire.

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An IDF tank attacked a spot in response to a previous attempt to shoot a rocket from Gaza to Israel.

 

Fresh fighting in Gasr Ben Ghashir

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Fighting erupted this evening near Gasr Ben Ghashir, next to Tripoli International Airport, between units mainly belonging to Tripoli strongman Haithem Tajouri and forces from Tarhouna. There has been considerable confusion as precisely who the latter are. Local reports say that they are members of the Islamist-leaning Marghani brigade led by Salah Al-Marghani and his nephew Sharif. However, some reports claim they are now Qaddafi supporters and support the Libyan National Army.There are also reports of Tarhouna’s notorious Kani Brigade being involved, but this time not with Marghani but with Tajouri. They are said to have created a new and unexpected alliance with him against their erstwhile Marghani allies. The reason for the clashes is also less than clear. Local reports say that Tajouri had launched a pre-emptive attack after being told that the Tarhouna forces were rallying to move against the capital.

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